Medway Council puts two car parks in Chatham and Strood up for sale

11 June 2024In Chatham, Strood2 Minutes
The disused Union Place car park

Two council car parks in Chatham and Strood have gone on the market.

Medway Council agreed to sell Union Place car park in Chatham and Temple Street car park in Strood last December.

Both car parks are earmarked for redevelopment after a decline in revenue.

Temple Street car park in Strood. Photo: Google Maps

Estate agent Harrisons Chartered Surveyors is now advertising the car parks as for sale.

Union Place car park, which has 49 spaces, could only be accessed over private land and closed in January 2023 after a developer blocked the entrance.

The developer, Donard Living, owns the Buzz Bingo building next door, which is earmarked to become 231 flats.

The blocked entrance to Union Place car park in Chatham

The council cannot reopen the car park as there is no alternative access, while the cost of creating a new entrance from A2 New Road was considered too expensive and non-compliant with road design standards.

Since its closure the disused car park has been subject to anti-social behaviour, including vandalism, drug dealing and an arson attack.

Anti-social behaviour including an arson attack has happened at Union Place car park

Over in Strood, Temple Street car park has 73 spaces and has seen a reduction in income over recent years – with the average annual income at only £21,543.

Offers above £700,000 are being invited for Temple Street car park, but there is no guide price for Union Place car park.

The deadline for offers is Friday, 14 June.

It is not yet known when Temple Street car park could close if a successful sale is made.